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Katie Webster
Katie (* 1936) was initially best known as a session musician behind Louisiana musicians on the Excello and Goldband record labels, such as Lightnin' Slim and Lonesome Sundown. She also played piano with Otis Redding in the 1960s, but after his death went into semi-retirement.
 
In the 1980s she was repeatedly booked for European tours and recorded albums for the German record label, Ornament Records, with Gary Wiggins and Chris Rannenberg - The International Blues Duo. She cut You Know That's Right with the band Hot Links, and the album that established her in the United States; The Swamp Boogie Queen with guest spots by Bonnie Raitt and Robert Cray. She performed at both the San Francisco Blues Festival and Long Beach Blues Festival.
 
Webster suffered a stroke in 1993 while touring Greece and returned to performing the following year. She died from heart failure in 1999.
 
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Discography
The Voice Of Blues
Schubert Records SCH-105
recorded November 1987
Angela Brown, vocals
Katie Webster, organ, vocals
Erwin Helfer, piano
The Excello Singles Anthology
Hip-O Records B0000583-02
recorded 1957 and 1966 at various studios in Louisiana
tracks CD2-03 and CD2-06:
Slim Harpo, vocals, harmonica
Willie 'Tom Cat' Parker, tenor sax
Rudolph Richard, guitar
James Johnson, guitar
Katie Webster, organ
Sonny Martin, piano
Sammy K. Brown, drums

 
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